Mourning Dove in the feeder

Last week I posted about a Brown Thrasher in my bird feeder. They are ground feeders, as are Mourning Doves, but there also has been a Mourning Dove in the feeder. Usually, the doves gather on the ground under the feeder to forage for the birdseed that has fallen. I also deliberately scatter seed on the ground. On the day I saw this dove in the feeder, there was very little birdseed in the feeder and plenty on the ground, so I don’t know why this beautiful Mourning Dove chose the feeder.

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  1. alekmountain says:

    I only see Mourning Doves in the early summer. They must migrate between seasonal food sources.

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    1. I see them every winter. I no longer feed the birds spring through fall because the bears tear up my feeders, but I know the doves are still around because I can hear them.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I know they’re supposed to be ground feeders, but I’ve seen as many as a dozen competing for space on my two platform feeders.

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    1. That’s interesting! This is the first one I’ve ever seen in the feeder.

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  3. Lots of mourning doves around my feeders. We clear away the deep snow so they can get at the sees. But they will also eat inside the feeder.

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    1. This was the first time I had ever seen one actually in the feeder.

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      1. I was surprised by seeing one in my feeder too.

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  4. de Wets Wild says:

    “Mine! Mine! All Mine!”

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